• WordNet 3.6
    • n gulf an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding) "he felt a gulf between himself and his former friends","there is a vast disconnect between public opinion and federal policy"
    • n gulf a deep wide chasm
    • n gulf an arm of a sea or ocean partly enclosed by land; larger than a bay
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Additional illustrations & photos:

BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf coast of U. S. and southward. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf...
The Gallant Curtius leaping into the gulf The Gallant Curtius leaping into the gulf

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 436,000 U.S. Troops were exposed to depleted uranium during the first Gulf war
    • Gulf A hollow place in the earth; an abyss; a deep chasm or basin, "He then surveyed
      Hell and the gulf between."
      "Between us and you there is a great gulf fixed."
    • Gulf (Mining) A large deposit of ore in a lode.
    • Gulf (Geog) A portion of an ocean or sea extending into the land; a partially land-locked sea; as, the Gulf of Mexico.
    • Gulf That which swallows irretrievably; a whirlpool; a sucking eddy. "A gulf of ruin, swallowing gold."
    • Gulf That which swallows; the gullet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first nation to ally with the USA during the Persian Gulf war was Canada. However, their soldiers were deemed unfit for combat and assigned to guard duty.
    • n gulf A large tract of water extending from the ocean or a sea into the land, following an indentation of the coastline: as, the Gulf of Mexico; the Gulf of Venice. A gulf is usually understood to be larger than a bay and smaller than a sea; but in many cases this distinction is not observed. Thus, the Arabian sea on one side of the Indian peninsula is of nearly the same size and shape as the Bay of Bengal on the other, while the Bay of Biscay is many times larger than the Gulf of Genoa.
    • n gulf An abyss; a chasm; a deep place in the earth: as, the gulf of Avernus.
    • n gulf Something that engulfs or swallows, as the gullet, or a whirlpool; figuratively, misfortune.
    • n gulf A wide interval, as in station, education, and the like: as, the gulf that separates the higher and lower classes.
    • n gulf In Cambridge University, England, the place at the bottom of the list of passes where the names of those who have barely escaped being plucked in examination are written. These names are separated by a line from those of the students who have passed creditably.
    • n gulf In mining, a large deposit of ore in a lode.
    • gulf To swallow; engulf; cast down, as into a gulf.
    • gulf In the University of Cambridge, to place in the gulf, or among those students who have barely escaped being plucked in their final examination.
    • gulf To flow like the waters of a gulf.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first drive-in service station in the United States was opened by Gulf Oil Company - on December 1, 1913, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    • n Gulf gulf a hollow or indentation in the sea-coast: a deep place in the earth: an abyss: a whirlpool: anything insatiable: in Oxford and Cambridge examinations, the place of those next to the pass, but not bad enough to fail
    • v.t Gulf to engulf
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  • Rebecca West
    “There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.”
  • John Marquand
    John Marquand
    “His father watched him across the gulf of years and pathos which always must divide a father from his son.”
  • Patrick Campbell
    Patrick Campbell
    “There can be a fundamental gulf of gracelessness in a human heart which neither our love nor our courage can bridge.”
  • Johnny Cash
    Johnny Cash
    “How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. golfe, It. golfo, fr. Gr. ko`lpos bosom, bay, gulf, LGr. ko`lfos


In literature:

The air of it was hot and sultry over all the regions around the Gulf of Mexico.
"Ahead of the Army" by W. O. Stoddard
At noon on this day the two vessels were forty-four miles up the Gulf of Siam.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
There was at first no special name for the gulf between the Taimur peninsula and Novaya Zemlya.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
They began now to think, from the course of the Mississippi, that it must flow into the Gulf of Mexico.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Quite near to the bottom of the great hill they came upon a deep gulf, the sides of which were as smooth as glass.
"The Lost Princess of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
We had more to hope from Louisiana than from any other Gulf State.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
At sunset Antony's fleet retired in some disorder to their anchorage in the gulf.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
And a fighting humpback in the Gulf of St Lawrence is no easy game to tackle with a hand-lance in a pram.
"All Afloat" by William Wood
He had been born and brought up in sound of the gulf's waves; its never-ceasing murmur had been his first lullaby.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
We're faster than anything on the Gulf, and draw less water than most of them of anything like our speed.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough

In poetry:

"Why sought ye me?" Ah, mother dear,
The gulf already opes
That will in thee keep live the fear,
And part thee from thy hopes!
"The Mother Mary" by George MacDonald
Athwart the gulfs of mote and mind
How vast, to Sense, the shadow falls!
She gazes from her proven walls
What deeps unfathomable to find!
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Closely behind, the Gulf's warm breezes follow
This northern hurricane,
And, borne thereon, the bobolink and swallow
Shall visit us again.
"The Wind Of March" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Lives there man, who would have striven,
Reckless thus of storm and sword;
Leaped into the gulf, and given
Heart and soul, to please his Lord?
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Into the gulfs of our nature leap,
Voice of the spaces, call of the Light!
Break the seals of Matter's sleep,
Break the trance of the unseen height.
"Musa Spiritus" by Aurobindo Ghose
And cried, "O Lord of my Ships that go
From the Persian Gulf to the Pits of Snow,
Inquire for men unknown to man!"
Said Sultan Iskander of Yoonistan.
"The Ballad of Iskander" by James Elroy Flecker

In news:

The key to stemming the stream of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico may be as clear as mud.
Water safety expert calls for more care after two men die in Hauraki Gulf accident.
Management changes abound in Mobile-Pensacola, and Gulf beaches are clean again following 2010 spill.
There's 4,000 oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf's Complexity and Resilience Seen in Studies of Oil Spill.
PANAMA CITY BEACH-The Gulf Coast Community College Commodore 's were up bright and early Saturday morning for the First Annual Sun Run event which benefits the Commodore 's athletic program.
Storm brewing near gulf oil spill.
A tropical cyclone is forming south of the Gulf of Mexico and is headed toward the oil spill area.
The Papua New Guinea government cabinet has approved InterOil Corp.'s Gulf LNG project to be supplied by the Elk-Antelope onshore gas fields with conditions including the 50-50 split of the development between the government and InterOil.
Firefighters and the Forestry Service are currently working to contain a brushfire near Nature's Way along US Highway 98 in Gulf Breeze.
It can take every thing Gulf Coast weather throws at it and go right on tickin.
Dave Martin / The Associated Press Oil from the leaking Deep Horizon oil rig is seen on May 6 swirling through the currents in the Gulf of Mexico.
2003 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager.
Other motorhomes we've owned: 1998 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager.
Mexican marines say they have captured Gulf Cartel leader Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, a major victory in the war on drugs.

In science:

Also related to Memex interface design and the Gulf of Evaluation is the work on specific rankings of information representations.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
This simple model of ocean circulation has non-trivial low-frequency dynamics, characterized by infrequent transitions between meandering, moderate-energy, and extensional conīŦgurations of the eastward jet (analogous to the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic).
Proceedings of the 2011 New York Workshop on Computer, Earth and Space Science
Titi, Existence of solutions to the Stommel-Charney model of the gulf stream, SIAM J.
Time-Periodic Quasigeostrophic Motion under Dissipation and Forcing
To bridge this gulf between our two most basic principles at least phenomenologically, Penrose invites us to contemplate an intermediate physical situation for which the notion of quantum superposition is at best approximately meaningful.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
May 1919 in Sobral, Brazil, and on the island of Principe in the gulf of Guinea, were established and reached Europe later in the fall of that year.
Albert Einstein's 1916 Review Article on General Relativity